- Nurse, Godfrey, 1888-1967
- Call number
- Sc MG 350
- Physical description
- .2 linear feet; 1 microfilm reel
- Preferred Citation
- Godfrey Nurse papers, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.Restrictions apply
The Godfrey Nurse Papers pertain to his political career as a member of the Electoral College in 1932 and 1936. The collection consists of correspondence, programs, invitations, speeches, newsclippings, a broadside and a medal. The collection does not contain any material regarding Dr. Nurse's medical career. Material originally was mounted in scrapbooks.
Godfrey Nurse, a surgeon who practiced in Harlem for over fifty years, was instrumental in the establishment and support of two hospitals in the late 1920's, the Edgecombe Sanitorium and the International Hospital, which provided facilities for black physicians and surgeons when all other New York hospitals were barred to them. Born in Guyana, Nurse received the M.D. degree in 1914 from the Long Island College of Medicine. In the 1920's he established the Godfrey Nurse Research Laboratory, which was the first clinical laboratory operated by a black person to be certified by the Health Department. As head of the Manhattan Medical Society, composed of black physicians, Nurse was a leader in the successful efforts for the admission of black doctors to Harlem Hospital. In 1956 he donated $100,000 to that hospital for equipment and operation of a laboratory for surgical investigation.
Active in the Democratic Party, Nurse was the first black elector in the Democratic Party and the first black presidential elector from New York State. As a delegate to the first State Democratic Convention, with Commissioner Thomas E. Dyett, he secured the first endorsement in the state platform of the Wagner-Costigan Anti-Lynching Bill.
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Researchers restricted to microfilm.
Alternative form available
Microfilmed; New York Public Library; call number, Sc Micro R-4843